What makes for a "good" shrimp?

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  1. Boomn4x4

    Boomn4x4 Elite Refuge Member

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    So just got back from Florida and after having stopped a crab market, the guy there tried selling me on shrimp. It was pricy, but he pulled out a frozen bag and was raving about how he doesn't get it locally because they aren't any good there, said he likes to get them from up by the pan handle. Then proceeded to show me the bag and was raving about how "white" and clean they were. Whatever, I needed shrimp anyway, I'll take 2 pounds. @ $16/lb.

    So a few days later I was a run of the mill grocery store. Again, needing shrimp, I asked the guy at the seafood counter where he got his shrimp from... he said they were "locally sourced". So basically, he had no idea. I got a couple pounds @ 11/lb.

    A few days later, at local seafood market, I was again in the market for some shrimp. Asked the lady behind the counter about the shrimp and she told me that they were caught local and then went on to rave about how "pink" they were "just like coral, they are beautiful shrimp". They were also $16/lb.

    Then it dawned on me..... What the hell is going on with shrimp? Are local better? Are white better? Are pink better? $16 in one place for supposedly the same shrimp at $11 at another? What's going on here? How do I figure out what the best shrimp are?
     
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    rtjrex & MollyAnn Elite Refuge Member

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    You're from Ohio and they aint............
     
  3. tcc

    tcc Elite Refuge Member

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    The white and pink are just different types, as is brown. White is usually more tender than brown, and many consider pink the best flavor. Rest assured if you didn't catch them they've most likely been frozen so don't let that bother you. Just make sure you buy gulf shrimp, not some foreign crap. "Best" also depends on what you're doing with them .
     
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  4. cholt

    cholt Senior Refuge Member

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    If I buy shrimp I buy from fish market most the time I will go out in the bay and drag net for them it’s boring as hell but if you have a few extra people on board it’s worth it
     
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    That’s Alabama gulf shrimp
     
  6. grande long

    grande long Refuge Member

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    tcc said it right freezer boat caught gulf shrimp 16-20 ct wholesale costs are 7.50 8.50 lb retail ? dont buy the tigers or asians.
     
  7. bullpinnie

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    it all depends on your persona likes and tastes, and how you are going to prepare them.

    Wild caught Gulf shrimp is probably going to be the best. Argentina pink shrimp are usually very good, too. china has the most high tech operations for P&D'd shrimp if that is how you like them, and they grow mostly tiger shrimp, which are great for cooking.
     
  8. grande long

    grande long Refuge Member

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    the videos of the tiger shrimp growing operations in some countries is horrible looking.im afraid to eat anything from china
     
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  9. Boomn4x4

    Boomn4x4 Elite Refuge Member

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    The year is 2018.... Flying cars, or "airplanes" as they are called have been invented. Distributions centers are scattered all over the country permitting the shipping of virtually any product, even fresh frozen shrimp, possible to anywhere in mere hours.

    Mind = BLOWN
     
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    GUNNERX2 Elite Refuge Member

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    My wife and step daughter spent a few days down in Gulf Shores and came home with some shrimp...regulars and ruby reds. Never heard of ruby reds. They were a whole lot more expensive but I don't think they tasted any better or worse.
     

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